Howard: $525K awarded for land preservation

WILLISTOWN TOWNSHIP, Dec. 30 – State Rep. Kristine Howard, D-Chester, has announced the Willistown Conservation Trust is set to receive two grants from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to further land conservation efforts in Chester County.

The grants awarded are:

  • $500,000 toward acquisition of approximately 12 acres for an addition to the Kirkwood Preserve.
  • $25,400 for further development of Ruston Woods Preserve, including construction of a pedestrian walkway, ADA access and landscaping.

“Willistown Conservation Trust’s phenomenal work in protecting and preserving more than 7,500 acres has given people of all ages the chance to enjoy nature,” said Howard. “I’m excited to see the trust utilize these grants to not only grow protected lands, but to make them more accessible for all.”

Howard said the funds are part of the Pennsylvania DCNR grant program, which pulls from multiple state and federal funding sources to award grants.

More information on DCNR grant programs can be found on the department’s website